Last Updated on September 30, 2023 by lindseymahoney
When it comes to Christmas lights, I prefer white lights outside and colorful lights on our Christmas tree. I love to hang Christmas garland outdoors by trimming our front porch to perfectly frame the view of our Christmas tree from the bay window.
Seeing our porch draped with cedar garland lit up with white Christmas lights makes my heart happy.
The green trimmings with white, twinkling lights are a timeless look that can easily be recreated at your home!
I am breaking down this holiday decor treatment in a full tutorial below, let’s get started!
How to Hang Christmas Garland Outdoors on the Porch
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1 | Gather Materials and Measure the Porch
Before you begin hanging the garland, gather all of the materials needed for this project. This project takes a few hours so be sure to block out 2-4 hours.
For this project, I am hanging the twinkling cedar garland across the top of our front porch. Use a tape measurer to determine the approximate length of the garland needed.
The cedar garland I purchased from Costco is 25 feet each and I purchased four. Three will hang on our porch and one will frame or carriage door entrance. I also had four strands of Christmas lights, one for each garland roll.
Christmas Project Source List
- Garland (30′ option)- I used 100′ for the porch and our carriage door and had a little leftover
- Brad nails
- Christmas lights – I used 4 strands (one for the carriage door and three for the porch)
- Extension cord (if needed)
- Tape Measure
2 | Add Nails to the Porch Trim to Hang the Garland
Before hanging the Christmas garland, I hammered a few brad nails sporadically around the back of the porch trim where I wanted them to hang.
The first place that I attach a brad nail is in the center of the porch so that the garland looks balanced on each side. This is also where I begin hanging the garland and work my way toward each end of the porch.
Because our porch has larger trim pieces on the ceiling, I like for the greenery to peek out from below. To create this look, I secured the garland to the back of the porch trim with wire. While I prefer this look, you can also swag the greenery across the porch as well.
3 | Wrap the First Roll of Garland With a String of Lights
First, I unrolled the first strand of cedar garland and found the center point.
Next, I found the center point of the strand of Christmas lights and wrapped it around the garland a few times.
4 | Attach Garland to the Center of the Porch
Over the years, I have tried a few ways of hanging the garland, but beginning in the center makes the most sense to me.
I attached the center of the garland to the center of the porch using galvanized wire.
Once the center was securely attached, I attached one side of the garland, wrapping the lights as I went, and then followed the same process on the other side.
Each side of the porch gets half of the first garland and another 25 feet of cedar garland to complete the entire porch. This process minimizes the amount of garland waste by using 1.5 rolls on each side.
When I came to the end of the first garland, I attached the next garland roll to the same brad nail and followed the same process. Connect the Christmas light strands and wrap the garland as you attach it. to the top of the porch.
Once all of the garland was up, I removed any remaining garland that was too long and used it to fill in bare spots. Any leftover garland can be used to decorate the inside of your home.
5 | Plug in the Lights and Enjoy!
In most cases, you will need an extension cord to plug in your Christmas lights.
If you have an outlet right where your garland begins or ends, consider yourself lucky.
Take a step back and admire your charming Christmas garland with festive twinkling lights! I hope you found this tutorial on how to hang garland outdoors with twinkling lights helpful.
Good luck and happy holidays!
- Cedar garland
- White strand lights
- Brad nails
- Stepping stool
- Tape measurer
- Measure the length of your porch to determine how much garland and string lights you will need
- Hammer a few brad nails to the top of your porch trim. Hammer the first nail at the center point of the porch. Add more nails sporadically to keep the garland from drooping across the porch
- Unravel the first strand of garland and wrap one strand of lights around it.
- Attach the center of the first garland strand to the center nail on the porch using galvanized wire
- Work your way around each side of the porch and attach the garland to nails using wire. When you get to a new piece of garland secure that piece to a brad nail and connect a new strand of lights. Wrap the garland as you go with the lights
- Use an extension cord if needed to plug in the lights and enjoy!
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